Your body goes through a lot of changes when you are pregnant, the daily aches and pains can take a toll. It’s very easy to go in for off the counter drugs to help ease the pain. However, for pregnancy anything you take affects your unborn baby as well so it’s worth investigatin to find out which pain killers is safe to take.
One popular painkiller is Tylenol, Tylenol is a very popular pain reliever that contains the drug acetaminophen. Doctors frequently recommend pregnant women take the medication to treat occasional mild to moderate pain or to reduce a fever during any trimester during their pregnancy.
Approximately, 65% of women have used acetaminophen at some point during pregnancy. It’s considered safer than other over-the-counter options like ibuprofen or aspirin, which have been linked to birth defects. But be sure not to combine Tylenol (or other brands of acetaminophen) with other medications without running it by your healthcare provider.
Over the last couple of years, a few studies have suggested that using Tylenol while pregnant could increase your baby’s risk for adverse neurological outcomes, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism which is popularly known as ADHD.
These studies were scrutinized by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Publications Committee. It released a response that pointed out the limits of the studies for any would-be mothers concerned about the results.
“The two major governing bodies in the field have analyzed these studies and determined that they were of very poor quality and did not have proper quality controls and did not use good scientific method,”. “Women should not be worried. Tylenol is safe during pregnancy. Hard stop.”